Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park, NT
Open between May and October
Stay as long or as little as you like!
Family friendly but challenging to get to!
Recommended by Sally Lucas from Ourkidsvtheworld
Best time for this activity
Best time of year to go: The falls are season and open between May and October.
Best time of day to go: In the early morning between 8am – 11am, or in the afternoon after 4pm.
Kakadu Lodge to Gunlom Falls – 2 h 6 min (176.4 km) via Kakadu Hwy/State Route 21
Darwin to Kakadu National Park – 1 h 42 min (150.9 km) via Arnhem Hwy/State Route 36
Alice Springs to Kakadu National Park – 13 h 29 min (1,331.0 km) via National Highway 87 and National Highway 1
Uluru to Kakadu National Park – 18 h 22 min (1,798.2 km) via National Highway 87
Plenty of parking located at the base of the falls and around the camp grounds.
What you should bring/wear
Bring your swimmers, a floatie, food, sturdy footwear and an adventurous attitude.
The Gunlom Billabong is wheelchair friendly but the hike to the falls is not suitable.
You can only visit Gunlom Falls if you have a 4WD.
Upgrade to the 4WD and make the trip, stay up at the Gunlom plunge pool for as long as you can. Take food and plenty to drink and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
This area is fairly remote, it is unlikely you would be here unless planning a camping trip.
Kakadu Budget Accommodation:
Kakadu Mid-range Accommodation:
- Cooinda Lodge – 60 km from Gunlom Falls
- Cicada Lodge – 129 km from Gunlom Falls
- Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel – 177 km from Gunlom Falls
Kakadu Luxury Accommodation:
- Wildman Wilderness Lodge – 120 km from Gunlom Falls
Things to do near Gunlom Falls :
There are plenty of walks around the falls, beware of snakes while out and about. There are plenty of other water holes close to Gunlom that you can explore however you will need a vehicle.
Places to eat near Gunlom Falls :
You will need to bring all your food with you. There are no shops near Gunlom Falls.
Things to do in Kakadu National Park :
- Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park
- Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site
- Cruise Yellow Water Billabong
- 4WD to Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)
- Swim in the Maguk plunge pools
Places to eat in Kakadu National Park :
- Anbinik Restaurant
- Anmak An-me Cafe
- Barra Bar and Bistro
- Jabiru Sport and Social Club
- Kakadu Lodge
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